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Keith Barney

Senior Lecturer: Resources, Environment, and Development Group


Ph.D. (Geography, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2011) M.E.S. (Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2002) B.Sc. (Biological Science, University of Guelph, Canada, 1998)

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Keith Barney has conducted research on the changing geographies of environment and development, and natural resource policy in Southeast Asia since 1999, including fieldwork in Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. His conceptual interests lie at the intersections between political ecology, economic geography, and agrarian change. He is particularly interested in how new political economies of resource development and extraction transform environments, alter property rights and local livelihoods, and produce new state-society relations in contemporary Southeast Asia.

Keith is serving as the RE&D Group’s PhD Convener for 2019, and is the Crawford School’s Director-HDR (Acting, Sep-Dec. 2019).

Career Highlights

  • 2018 Candidate for an Australian National University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Supervision (Early Career Category)
  • 2017 Australia Research Council Discovery Project Grant, with Sango Mahanty, Sarah Milne and colleagues- “Rupture: Nature-Society Transformations in Mainland Southeast Asia”
  • 2012 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
  • 2011 York University Faculty of Graduate Studies Dissertation Prize, for “Grounding Global Forest Economies: Resource Governance and Commodity Power in Rural Laos”

Research interests

  • Resource Geography
  • Political Ecology
  • Agrarian Change, Rural Migration
  • Forest and Land Policy, Resource Tenure
  • Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Asia
  • Social Impacts of Hydropower Development
  • Lao Studies
  • Focus on Mainland Southeast Asia


Semester 1 2019:

EMDV 8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management

EMDV 8008 Research Proposal

Semester 2, 2019

EMDV 8009 Asia Pacific Resource Conflicts

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